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Now displaying: October, 2016
Oct 24, 2016

Written by Carrie Arnold, read by Pip Mayo. 

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Oct 17, 2016

In times of economic trouble, governments can choose to cut public services to save money. But at what cost? Our podcast meets those on the sharp end of austerity in the UK to find out what it means for mental health.

Written by Mary O'Hara, read by Pip Mayo. 

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Oct 10, 2016

In this audio piece, three men talk about living with a condition that affects how the penis looks and works.

Hypospadias occurs when the opening that is usually at the tip of the penis is found on the underside. It affects between 1 in 200 and 1 in 300 male babies – yet many of us have never heard of it.

In this audio piece, Chris Chapman meets three men living with hypospadias. James, Paul* and Wilf describe the confusion and shame of growing up different, and the physical and psychological difficulties they continue to face. They also explain how supportive relationships with family, doctors and people on online forums have helped them live better with the condition.

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Warning: This piece contains graphic description of penile surgery. 

*Paul’s name has been changed.

Audio producerChris Chapman

Art directorPeta Bell

IllustratorTravis Bedel

Oct 3, 2016

‘Cyborg’ is a loaded and attention-grabbing term, bearing associations from sci-fi novels and Hollywood, and whether it’s an entirely accurate label for these activities is up for debate. Some commentators broaden the definition to include anyone who uses artificial devices, such as computer screens or iPhones. Others prefer to narrow it. As early as 2003, in an article entitled ‘Cyborg morals, cyborg values, cyborg ethics’, Kevin Warwick, the professor who pioneered the cyborg movement in the academic sphere, described ‘cyborgs’ as being only those entities formed by a “human, machine brain/nervous system coupling” – essentially “a human whose nervous system is linked to a computer”.

 

Written by Frieda Klutz, read by Kirsten Irving. 

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